DL News Staff
A Fargo man made his first appearance on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Monday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder released Wade Moore, 42, of 1515 30th Avenue South, on his own recognizance. Moore pleaded not guilty to felony harassment or stalking for a Dec. 9, 2005, incident. A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for April 17. According to the court complaint, Moore allegedly followed another motorist in a harassing way while traveling east on Highway 10 to Detroit Lakes. The female motorist reported the incident to the Detroit Lakes Police Department.
In a small ceremony held Friday, Wednesday, Jan. 18, Bremer Bank's Holly Disse was presented with the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce Promotions and Events Committee's October Super Service Award. With nominations that said, "always has a smile and is happy to see you. She gets the job done," Disse garnered 2006's first super service nod.
A new year brought a new realty company to town with RE/MAX Property Pros LLC opening an office along Highway 10 west in Detroit Lakes. With experience in development properties, local RE/MAX owner/agent Kyle A. Johnston recently opened the lakes area's newest real estate office in the fall of 2005. "I bought the franchise in June of 2005 and opened our office in October," he explained.
A Detroit Lakes man appeared on a felony charge in Becker County District court Thursday. District Judge Waldemar Senyk set bond at $5,000 against Nathaniel Knutson, 20, for violation of a protection order. His next court appearance is Feb. 21. According to the court complaint, Knutson was serving time in the Becker County Jail for fifth-degree assault when he allegedly contacted the female juvenile victim by telephone between Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, 2005. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
A felony complaint was filed against a Detroit Lakes man in Becker County District Court Feb. 9. Shane Newman, 31, of 912 Minnesota Avenue, is accused of one count of offering a forged check. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint, Newman allegedly issued $575 in checks to businesses in Audubon and Lake Park in December 2005 on a Perham man's bank account.
A Waubun woman was sentenced in Becker County District Court on an amended complaint Wednesday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder ordered Angel VanWert serve 35 days in jail and pay $1,397.50 in fines on one count each of gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. VanWert was originally charged with felony and gross misdemeanor assault, stemming from a Dec. 10, 2004, incident at an Elbow Lake Village residence. VanWert tried to stab a man with a knife, and then kicked a police officer who went to the scene in response to an emergency call.
A Frazee man made his first appearance on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Wednesday. District Judge Waldemar Senyk set bond at $10,000 against Gary Merrill, 25, of 30397 U.S. Highway 10, for escape from custody. His next court appearance is Feb. 21. According to the court complaint, Merrill allegedly failed to return to the Becker County Jail Feb. 2 after being on work release. Merrill was arrested Feb. 3, and allegedly had marijuana, methamphetamines and needles in his possession. Merrill was serving a sentence for felony theft at the time of the Feb.
The Minnesota Sheriff's Association gives 15 scholarships to students attending a two- or four-year law enforcement degree school. Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon said the association will award $9,000 in scholarships, with each recipient getting $600. Application forms are available at the BCSO office. Deadline is March 11, with the scholarships awarded by May 1.
A Frazee man was sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge Wednesday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder stayed imposition of a prison sentence against Brian Skappel, 19, of 606 East Main Avenue, for receiving stolen property. Skappel must serve 30 days in jail, was fined $1,097, and was placed on supervised probation for up to five years. Restitution was left open for 30 days. Skappel pawned electronic items stolen from a Frazee residence on Aug. 24, 2005, while keeping several other items. Skappel said he purchased the stolen items from another individual.
By SGT. ANDY SCHMIDT Minnesota State Patrol Question: A friend of mine brags about a device he bought that changes red lights to green for him. He says that most police cars have them and that the law says if it OK for the police it is OK for the rest of us. Can this be true? I am not a traffic expert but I see lots of problems here. Answer: As of Aug.